We started the day by visiting the outdoor market at Villa El Salvador to purchase decorations for the turkey dinner at Los Martincitos daycare center for the elderly. They wouldn’t let us take cameras since our being there at all made our local hosts very nervous. They say it is no place for gringos. The market is filled with an amazing array of meats, fish, vegetables and produce and it made me crazy that I couldn’t take any pictures.
|Passion fruit for juice|
Tonight the cooks at our volunteer house served us a version of Thanksgiving dinner. Luisa made us excellent turkey, mashed Peruvian potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes and homemade applesauce. Since I wasn’t expecting any Thanksgiving dinner at all, I didn’t mind that cranberry sauce and pumpkin are next to impossible to find in Peru. The pumpkin in the table decoration came from a secret location, not the market.
|Larry with Luisa, our cook|
Our time here is almost over and I am very thankful for the opportunity to vacation in Peru, especially the highlands, and then spend the last 10 days volunteering in Lima in a wonderful program providing good food and a lot of love to indigent and lonely elderly people who are abandoned or abused by their families. I have a lot to be thankful for!